Ah, Amsterdam!Posted: 10 December 2012
In the travels of my younger years I happened upon the city of Amsterdam……what can I say? Canal Street where your sexual fantasies can be lived….no matter how “kinky” you may be. And the cafes where dope is sold like weighing hot nuts at Woolsworth…..the longest week I ever had was my 2 days in Amsterdam……..they have been an innovator in the past and it looks like they are still at it……
Holland’s capital already has a special hit squad of municipal officials to identify the worst offenders for a compulsory six month course in how to behave.
Social housing problem families or tenants who do not show an improvement or refuse to go to the special units face eviction and homelessness.
Eberhard van der Laan, Amsterdam’s Labour mayor, has tabled the £810,000 plan to tackle 13,000 complaints of anti-social behaviour every year. He complained that long-term harassment often leads to law abiding tenants, rather than their nuisance neighbours, being driven out.
“This is the world turned upside down,” the mayor said at the weekend.
Interesting, huh? I do not know if I like the idea….kinda sounds like the ghettos of World War 2……and then there is the possibility of a situation of interment camps…..I just do not see the value of such an idea…….do you?